Rothschild Buildings: Life in an East-End Tenement Block 1887 - 1920 Paperback – 2 Jan 2003
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"Prize[d] for its rich, detailed insights into immigrant life in turn-of-the-century Spitalfields... Though White's commentary steers the reader and supplies valuable context, it's the interpolated quotations from tenants which bring the Buildings to colourful, tumultuous life" (Time Out)
"With an economy of language, without sentimentality, yet with a sensitive perception, rare for an outsider looking in on an alien world, Jerry White marvellously evokes the lost world of the immigrant 'greener'" (Spectator)
"A work of first-class history and a major contribution to the social history of Anglo-Jewry, lively, well-researched and eminently quotable" (Jewish Chronicle)
"We are never likely to have another account which sets these personal recollections so firmly in the physical environment in which people grew up, struggled and sometimes flourished. A whole historical episode is illuminated by the decision to focus on just a couple of streets and the people who lived there" (Times Educational Supplement)
"Jerry White has given us a book which deserves to be on every historian's shelf" (Paul Thompson History Today)
'Jerry White has written a moving and richly detailed history of those times and those people. They are recalled like a lost tribe, revealing the extraordinary courage of ordinary people in their day-to-day battle for existence' - GuardianSee all Product Description
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Jerry White writes the historical facts simply and informatively but does not forget the human stories of the people who made their lives in this Victorian tenement building.This book is richly detailed with fascinating intimate knowledge of the families that lived there.We learn about the class structure that existed within the building and the support network that existed between the tenants in great times of need.The co-existence with the poor of the east end outside of the block is explored and the dietry and lesuire habits explained.
If you are interested in London,Jewish or Victorian history I highly recommend this book.
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Its a fantastic book! Should be read by anyone with any interest in the social history of London.Published 18 months ago by Ruth Y Angel
Good book interesting facts from the descendants of the dwellers ,gave a real sense of life there and the Jewish east end.Published on 14 Mar. 2014 by Moondance
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